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Grateful Dead Live at Billerica Forum on 1979-05-11


Topics Live concert


Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin's Tower, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Peggy-O, It's All Over Now, Brown Eyed Women, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication Shakedown Street, Passenger, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Black Peter-> I Need A Miracle-> Bertha-> Good Lovin'


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Billerica Forum
Location Billerica, MA

Source Audience Recording
Lineage FOB Sony ECM 280's > cassette master > 48k DAT

Notes

FOB Sony ECM 280's > cassette master > 48k DAT; Transfer:  DA20
mkII > Audiowerk2 > Waveburner > Peak > Jam > Plex 8/2/20 (on-the-fly card
resampling); via A. Gustin

Reviews

Reviewer: Jokercbg - - July 11, 2013
Subject: DSO Recreated
Saw DSO 7-8-13 at Veterans Park-Springfield, Ohio They recreated this set, with all the breaks and re-tunings between songs. This is a really good audience recording, bookmarked as a favorite for sure.
Reviewer: blacktele - - November 22, 2010
Subject: I got fired for going to this show!
I was not a big dead fan but senior year of high school heard they were playing in Billerica. I worked at the local greenhouse/nursery, asked the boss for time off to go see the show. He said if you don't show up for work you don't got a job. I said fuck it, went to the show. Can't remember much except all the songs were really long. I didn't appreciate the jam thing much then. Looking forward to hearing it again 31 years later...
Reviewer: pnc - - August 4, 2007
Subject: this is really nice
good sound (don't be dissuaded by the clappers, they mellow out--although they do return in Bertha).

yeah, '79 is great. louder and picking up a head of steam, but still able to deliver some of the laid back goods that we love from the '70's. Black Peter is a very mellow, but heart felt dirge this night. Shakedown is good, but chill. Passenger, rips. Jerry nails it (which he was not always able to do with this song) and eyes has some fantastic fast jazz noodling. this is a super nice listen. worth the dl, i think.
Reviewer: TakeTwo - - August 4, 2007
Subject: Awesome
This show started my live Dead love affair. I couldn't believe we got the Dead to come to our school to play in a dingy hockey rink. I joined Stage Crew and we got treated to a nice long sound check jam on top of a fun show. Plus we met some super friendly Hell's Angels. Fun times.
Reviewer: zimmbobway - - July 10, 2007
Subject: You're There...
'nuff said.
Reviewer: stealthhippy - - December 23, 2005
Subject: surprise....
now that you have to pick through the audience sources...you actually find a gem....sound is pretty good..and when they hit the 7 minute mark on Franklins Tower, you know you've got a hot show here..vocals a bit low in the mix, but the jams are here, and the band just marchs on...and SMILE as another 79 show becomes part of your regular play list...download and enjoy...and if ou're looking for any of the tasty sbd's that are verboten for now...send me an e.mail...i went on a tear a bout 4 months ago and recorded about 500 shows....merry christmas and happy new year..thanks to the archive and all it's hard working sponsors that allow us to enjoy the tunes forever...:)
Reviewer: deadhedave - - November 9, 2005
Subject: 26 years upon my head
Thursday, the day before the concert, WBCN announces a Dead show at the Billerica Forum...say WHAT?????
I had seen high school hockey games there, but a Dead show? Tix were available at the University of Lowell,I was working in Tewksbury(about 5 miles away), I was on my way. Took my first wife,who wasn't "on the bus" and who had recently given birth to my first son(who was born "on the bus" and hasn't gotten off). Anyhow, show was very interesting. Sound inside was echoey, sightlines were good, ran into some UMass buddies(2 years removed from the Zoo) and was having a good time. BUT after drums and space the wife starts a scene to go home. 26 years later I have finally heard the end of Black Peter and the final 3 songs. I guess that I can forgive her now. I certainly didn't then. My son, Stephen, turned me on to this sight and I'm addicted. Replacing all my 'legs and sharing them with my 21-26 year old kids who have continued the tradition. By the way, second wife is "on the bus"....loves good music...we go to many and varied rock shows together. Oh, I love her.
Reviewer: deadhedave - - November 9, 2005
Subject: 26 years upon my head
Thursday, the day before the concert, WBCN announces a Dead show at the Billerica Forum...say WHAT?????
I had seen high school hockey games there, but a Dead show? Tix were available at the University of Lowell,I was working in Tewksbury(about 5 miles away), I was on my way. Took my first wife,who wasn't "on the bus" and who had recently given birth to my first son(who was born "on the bus" and hasn't gotten off). Anyhow, show was very interesting. Sound inside was echoey, sightlines were good, ran into some UMass buddies(2 years removed from the Zoo) and was having a good time. BUT after drums and space the wife starts a scene to go home. 26 years later I have finally heard the end of Black Peter and the final 3 songs. I guess that I can forgive her now. I certainly didn't then. My son, Stephen, turned me on to this sight and I'm addicted. Replacing all my 'legs and sharing them with my 21-26 year old kids who have continued the tradition. By the way, second wife is "on the bus"....loves good music...we go to many and varied rock shows together. Oh, I love her.
Reviewer: dcain - - August 7, 2005
Subject: Half Step...
Pretty good/interesting AUD recording. Garcia's first solo is a bit tentative, and he has a little trouble with the vocals. You can hear Phil's notes, but then he disappears quickly. Second solo is also quiet. 4:50 microphone feedback.

Jam starts at 5, also quiet and somewhat tentative. They had played this a week before, but that one was their first in three months. Rio Grande verse at 6:34. Vocals seem a bit out of tune. 8:09 Garcia solos, but not much to speak of. Try the 9-1-79 version instead.
Reviewer: ManWithaFAce - - May 19, 2005
Subject: absolutely
I have no 79, and never saw them till rfk on july 6, 86. there is a dead for every mood, this is so chill, great sound, great jams ie, brent and jerry in shakedown. fantastic shakedown. 5 stars for alot of reasons, the most important is that i will listen to this and never be over it.
Reviewer: bonk - - March 15, 2005
Subject: This is SWEET
Oh my...What a great Aud Recording!!!!!Cant believe no one has reviewed this!!This is the Last show that you were able to Record "front of board"Healy got socked in the head w/some guys setup.Guy lost his balance and BOOM.Hit Dan in the face.He went nuts!From here on out,Fob was hard to do.Not that it wasnt done,just this is when Ramrod and Healy really cracked down on FOB.
as for the show....Welcome Brent!I usally dont give 5 stars,but this one is the LOST GEM OF THE ARCHIVE!!!!
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